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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 1A06
Professor
Tina Fetner
Semester
Fall

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Page 1 of 2 Sociology 1A06 Fetner, C02 September 19, 2012 Social Imagination Sociology – the study of human society Sociological imagination:  Ability to one’s personal experiences to society at large  “makes the familiar strange”  Questions the habits/customs that seem natural to us  Sees social structures that guides individual behaviour - Social inequality (class) is an important component of social structure. (Ex. Opportunities, social networks, decisions) - Social Institution -> group of social positions, connected by social relations, performing a social role. - Economics and Political Science focus on one aspect of social relations. Economics focuses on money and political science focuses on power Three stages of Human Society:  Theological Stage -> where society seemed to be the result of divine will  Metaphysical -> where human kind’s behaviour is governed by natural, biological instincts  Scientific -> where we would develop a social physics of sorts in order to indentify the scientific laws that govern human behaviour Common Sense o Extrapolate from experience
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